HEADACHE – MIGRAINE HELP YOUR DOCTOR HELP YOURSELF

MANY PATIENTS HAVE HEADACHES.  SOME PATIENTS HAVE MIGRAINE HEADACHE.  THERE ARE CONSENSUS INTERNATIONAL CRITERIA FOR MIGRAINE HEADACHE.  THEY ARE:

RECURRENT, EPISODIC, LENGTH 4 TO 72 HOURS, QUALITY OF UNILATERAL OR THROBBING OR MOTION WORSENING OR MODERATE TO SEVERE RATING – MATCHED WITH NAUSEA, VOMITING, LIGHT-SENSITIVITY OR SOUND SENSITIVITY.

WORRISOME TYPES OF SYMPTOMS TO TELL YOUR DOCTOR ARE:

SYSTEMIC DISEASES SUCH AS DIABETES, NEUROLOGIC CONCERNS, SUDDEN ONSET, ONSET OVER 50 YEARS OLD OR UNDER 5 YEARS, PATTERN OF HEADACHE CHANGES.

OTHER THOUGHTS TO REVIEW BEFORE TALKING WITH YOUR DOCTOR ABOUT YOUR HEADACHE ARE THE FOLLOWING:

FIRST, WORST, FREQUENCY, DIFFERENCE, IMPROVED BY, WORSENED BY, ONSET, RADIATION, QUALITY OF PAIN, PAST MEDICAL HISTORY, CURRENT PRESCRIPTION DRUGS, OTC DRUGS, HERBALS, AND WHOLISTIC MEDS, ALONG WITH ANY INJURY OR TRAUMA BOTH RECENT OR IN THE PAST.

NEW MEDICINES EXIST FOR MIGRAINE HEADACHES BOTH FOR TREATMENT AND PREVENTION.  TALK WITH YOUR DOCTOR ABOUT YOUR OPTIONS AND A PLAN OF ACTION. 

 

   BE HEADACHE FREE

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